[ISN] Analysis: China-US hacking accord is tall on rhetoric, short on substance

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/09/analysis-china-us-hacking-accord-is-tall-on-rhetoric-short-on-substance/ By David Kravets Ars Technica Sep 27, 2015 It’s always a good thing when governments, especially superpowers, strike agreements toward the goal of peace and prosperity. The accord President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Friday—a “common understanding” to curb state-sponsored, corporate cyber espionage toward one another—inches us toward that goal if we assume both sides would uphold their end of the bargain. “We’ve agreed that neither the US nor the Chinese government will conduct or knowingly support cyber theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information for commercial advantage,” Obama said during a press conference with the Chinese leader at his side. Obama added that economic cyber-espionage “has to stop.” For his part, the Chinese leader said, “Both governments will not engage in or support online theft of intellectual property.” It’s a momentous first step at a historical stage in which the battlefield is evolving online—from the real world to the virtual world. And it comes as both sides are engaged in finger pointing on the topic and accusing the other of cyber transgressions. […]